The Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference, to be held from June 15 to 19, 2014, will mark the 20th anniversary of the first CZC conference. CZC 2014 will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) in the beautiful and historic coastal city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it all began in 1994.
Canada is a coastal nation, boasting more than 240,000 kilometres of coastline, more than any other country in the world. Over seven million Canadians live in coastal areas, on the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Arctic and the Great Lakes, many of whom are directly dependent on the coastal resources and tourism to earn a living. In so many ways, healthy coasts benefit all Canadians. Yet human impacts on our oceans and coasts go well inland from the coastal zone, and our activities many kilometres away can ultimately have profound effects on the coast. Coastal zone ecosystems are and economies are exceedingly vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards; we are already witnessing changes that are impacting the lives and livelihoods of many Canadians.
The biennial Coastal Zone Canada conference is the leading interdisciplinary forum held for professionals from across Canada and around the world to meet and discuss all aspects of coastal and ocean management. The 2014 conference theme, Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures, recognizes that our past choices and decisions have led us to where we are today, both positive and negative. The theme also recognizes that opportunities abound to influence and shape the future. Our choices today will determine which future path we will tread. We are all accountable to step up and take action for the future we want and need.
Our coastal zones are complex – from the physical and biological facets, to the human, cultural and social dimensions, to the complexity of regulation and jurisdiction. In the context of our main conference theme and looking at the past, at our present, and to the future, the nine sub-themes listed below are the primary topics envisioned for contributed sessions and discussion:
1. Blue Economy: Working Waterfronts, Coastal Infrastructure and Resource ManagementCONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
Through an exciting program of interactive sessions, debates and discussions, the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference aims to:
Each conference contributor and participant will be asked to consider the following questions:
Coastal Zone Canada 2014 will bring together community representatives, scientists and researchers, engineers, planners, government, industry representatives, youth and early-career professionals, local and international non-government organizations, and other members of civil society. This wealth of experience, knowledge and wide-ranging perspectives promises to generate lively discussion, insights and the sharing of ideas. We will examine progress and achievements in coastal and ocean management that are attempting to enhance the protection of coastal resources while at the same time addressing the complexity of multiple use and economic development. Participants will learn about innovative technologies, best practices, governance approaches, programs and policies at the local, national and international levels.
The program will include prominent national and international speakers and will feature both plenary and concurrent sessions, poster and interactive sessions, technical tours, workshops, social events and many networking opportunities.
We look forward to welcoming you to Halifax and your contributions to the program for an exciting, stimulating, and inspiring Coastal Zone Canada conference.
Download the CZC 2014 Conference Overview and the Conference Poster in PDF format.
Final Program and Abstracts now available
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Rt Hon Paul Martin,
Dr. Francis Zwiers,
Timothy Kearns and
Dr. Susan Avery -
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